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Johnnycake Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 657 students

 

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2014:
Based on 6 ratings
2013:
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Posted September 1, 2014

This rating of 3 out of 10 is extremely misleading. Our school is a safe environment in which children are encouraged to think creatively and progressively. Many of our children are living in tough circumstances, and even with those life stressors, they are rising to academic challenges and developing college-preparedness. There are several extracurricular opportunities including 5th grade musical, a cappella choir, guitar club, recorder club, 24 club, and National Honors Society. Our teachers are highly qualified. In fact, on our faculty we have a finalist for BCPS Teacher of the Year (one of five teachers selected out of over 8500 teachers county-wide) and a Catonsville Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year finalist. We have fully updated technology and we are one of the 10 pilot schools for a Spanish language education program. Though our parent involvement is low, most of our parents are hard-working people working two or three jobs. Any child would be lucky to attend to Johnnycake and any teacher is lucky to work with the innovative and resilient students of Johnnycake.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 30, 2014

Others should know that JCE has 4 CALS classrooms for special needs (Austism) and is doing an awesome job! I actually recommended an externship there or at least an observation to a Towson University Special Education student last Wednesday. Ms. Bartus and the others are doing awesome work there.


Posted April 29, 2014

Great faculty and staff that really care about the students and make efforts to meet the needs of diverse students, including those with special social and emotional needs.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2014

Johnnycake has the most dedicated and caring teachers that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. When problems come up, they are dealt with quickly and efficiently and a positive attitude prevails.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2014

My school is an amazing place where students grow academically and socially. The parents are very supportive and the teachers work incredibly hard to provide safe and happy learning environments.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2014

My school is challenging. We definitely have our fair share of issues, however, we have a close knit caring staff that try to do their best every day. The relationships that develop between the staff and students are those that should be emulated. We could certainly always improve and we always need more...supplies, teachers, classrooms, etc but our school has a lot of heart.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 8, 2013

I love Johnnycake and so does my child! The teachers have an expectation of excellence from the students which pushes them to work hard and be their best. We are very proud of our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

Johnnycake Elementary is a great school. They really care about making sure every student excels. I couldn't be more pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

Johnnycake Elementary is a great school, I feel so sad that my twins have to leave the school, because they are going to middle school next year. they were there since Pre-K. I will missed the staff and the greatest teachers, specially Mr & Mrs Detwiler, they are EXCELLENT and LOVING teachers. I am so greatful about this school because my girls love them, and so do I. I think, words are not enough to appreciate the great job that they are doing with our kids. God bless all. I will miss all, and I am really sure that my girls too. Mercedes Nadal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

My son is in third grade and he has been at Johnnycake since first grade. He has loved every teacher he has had there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

Good school, great teachers! My daughter is in first grade at Johnnycake and has been there since PreK. She has loved all her teachers and so have I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2008

My daughter has attended Johnnnycake for the last 3 years. In the beginning the school had alot of issues. The principle was not involved with parents or students as much as the new pinciple Mrs Maddox. She has defintley has made major improvments with new staffing and programs. Everyday she is in the hall way watch and interacting. As a parent it's great to see someone lead by example.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

I am an involved parent that is in the school on a regular basis. My child is an honor roll student, however I give most credit to myself not the school. The behavior is so out of hand I'm surprised the teachers find time for instruction. The scores at the school are still low, (see 2007 results). The parents are not involved with the children at this school and its shows in the kids. They may be working to improve things but its not enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

In response to the review that panned the school, the teachers, and the test scores, I can only say that it is a very outdated opinion. I was just in the school yesterday as a substitute and could not have asked for a better class. The students were well behaved, studious, cooperative, and on-task. All classes in the hallways were orderly. The administrative staff was visilble and verbal throughout the day. All support personnel were accessiblea and productive. Please visit this school again. I think you will find that quite a change has been made. Yours Truly, a happy sub teacher
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 6, 2007

The teachers at this school could not care more about their students. They do everything they can for their stuents and more. The parent envolvement is ok, but could be improved with a little work from us parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2006

This is a very unstructured school. The classrooms are unruly and the teachers are inconsistent. The test scores are low. The parent involvement is low as well. I would not recommend this school for any child who wishes to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

Johnnycake is an excellent school. The new PBIS that was implemented almost 3 years ago has really improved the school and the disciplinary issues. Now the school is on the right trackt to success. The MSA and CTBS scores have increased as well. I love this school and my child had grown alot.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 71% 35%
Hispanic 15% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
White 5% 42%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

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  • School counslor
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Baltimore, MD 21228
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